CHICAGO - For the first time in nearly 40 years, Macomb County, Mich., officials may raise taxes as the county faces an unprecedented $33 million budget deficit.

Macomb, like other counties across the state, is suffering from a drop in property tax revenue coupled with rising pension and employee health care costs. Neighboring Wayne County officials have ordered 10% across-the-board cuts to eliminate a $34 million shortfall in its $2.24 billion 2009 budget.

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